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BC Is Fifth in Country for Athletics Graduation Rate


By Office of News & Public Affairs |

Published: Nov. 13, 2014

Boston College ranks fifth in the nation for overall Graduation Success Rate (GSR) in all sports among Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools, according to data released by the NCAA recently.

BC’s GSR score of 95 was only topped by Notre Dame (99), Stanford (98), Duke (97) and Northwestern (96). Central Florida also achieved a score of 95.

Only nine other FBS schools received an overall GSR of over 90: Wake Forest (94), Miami (92), Rice (92), Alabama (91), Clemson (91), Tulane (90), Air Force (90), Army (90) and Vanderbilt (90).

The football team’s score of 92 was tied for best in the Atlantic Coast Conference with Duke and tied for sixth in the nation. Only 10 FBS institutions received a football GSR of 90 or better, including Stanford (99), Northwestern (97), Rice (95), Notre Dame (94), Air Force (93), Northern Illinois (91), Central Florida (90) and Wake Forest (90).

Twelve Boston College teams received a perfect GSR score of 100: men’s golf, men’s skiing, women’s basketball, women’s rowing, field hockey, women’s ice hockey, women’s skiing, women’s soccer, softball, women’s swimming, women’s tennis and volleyball.

The NCAA developed the Graduation Success Rate as part of its academic reform initiative to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. The rate holds institutions accountable for transfer students unlike the federal graduation rate. The GSR also accounts for midyear enrollees and is calculated for every sport.

More information about the GSR report may be found at the NCAA’s website,

–Boston College Athletics